Thursday September 12, 2019. All Stars Media
With the season only weeks away now for the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series they have been busy locking in sponsors and as announced earlier in the year are rapt to lock in Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers again as the naming rights sponsor. “This is the 10th season they have been involved with the series and we honestly cannot thank them enough. The first 2 seasons Mainline took on naming rights for the All Star Challenge which was $5,000 to win back then. The third year Mainline became naming rights for the Series. Our $5k to win show now boasts of $10K to win. Andrew Elder is a great supporter of not only us but several other teams also. His generosity and belief in what we do is humbling” Searle tells us. “We are now very excited to announce that this season we will be paying $10K to win the Series. Yes, that’s $10,000 for 1st place in the End of Season Championship. This now builds the series payout up to $22,000 overall. The End of Season Championship payout is for the top 10 in points with the only stipulation being that cars must comply with the Series regulations. We still have all our regular series awards and nightly prizes and we are still working on some new ones. But for now we can announce that Hoosier Tires are back with the A Main Winner receiving a free WAV Right rear tire each night. Hoosier Tires supply the WAV right rear control tire for the series. Bar Up Bull Bars are also back with us again for the 10th season with the Bar Up 8 Award for the A Main each night. Shaun Forrell owner of Bar Up Bull Bars in Wagga Wagga has been a strong supporter of ours both competing with us over the years and also sponsoring us. I am pretty excited to announce this increased money and hopefully so will our teams. This is serious money on offer and it would be awesome if we could encourage a couple of new teams to run with us. Promoter Searle says.
Friday June 21, 2019. All Stars Media
For the 13th time the All Star Series are very pleased to announce their race schedule for the oncoming season and also for the 8th time announce that Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers have recommitted as naming rights sponsor. “Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers have been with us for a long time and we cannot thank Andrew Elder and the team at Mainline for believing in us and coming back on board again this season. They initially took on naming rights of the All Star Challenge for 2 years before taking on naming rights of the series itself, back then the Challenge paid $5000 to win and is now $10,000 to win; this season we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show. As everyone knows securing sponsors isn’t an easy thing and to keep them for so long is even harder, we cannot thank them enough.” says Promoter Searle.
The series will kick off the season at Timmis Speedway, Mildura and then head to Heartland Raceway, Moama. Murray Bridge Speedway is next on the calendar. Blue Ribbon Raceway, Horsham have taken on 2 rounds after traditionally only having one. “We hope this early start to their race season works well for both of us.” Searle says. The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Challenge is back at Simpson in January 2020. The Series Final is traditionally being held at Timmis Speedway, Mildura again. Borderline Speedway, Mt Gambier have again locked in the Tyson Perez Memorial but requested a later date in March to run this.
Dates are –
November 2 - Timmis Speedway, Mildura. VIC
November 16 - Heartland Raceway, Moama, NSW
November 30 - Murray Bridge Speedway, Murray Bridge, SA
December 7 - Blue Ribbon Raceway, Horsham, VIC
December 28 - Timmis Speedway, Mildura VIC
January 18 - $10K to win All Star Challenge, Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway, VIC
February 1 - Blue Ribbon Raceway, Horsham, VIC
February 8 - Heartland Raceway, Moama, NSW
February 15 - Sunline Speedway, Waikerie. SA
February 29 - Timmis Speedway, Mildura. VIC
March 21 - Tyson Perez Memorial. Borderline Speedway - Mount Gambier, SA
“Dates have been changed around a bit this season to work in with the venue operators and other major 360 shows in the State. Having the Australian 360 Title at Simpson this season and also the 360 Victorian State Title at Warrnambool is awesome for our teams really making it an exciting season for them. Only 4 months to go now and everyone knows that I am counting down already. ” Searle says.
Tuesday April 16, 2019. All Stars Media
With this season now completed plans are already in place for the 2 major events on the series calendar. “Both events will be celebrating their 10th birthday which is a fantastic achievement. With almost $40K on offer for these 2 shows already we have pretty good money on offer but if we could increase it that would be great.” Searle says. The dates are: The All Star Challenge is on January 18th 2020 at Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway and the Tyson Perez Memorial is on March 21st 2020 at Borderline Speedway, Mt Gambier, SA The 360 Australian Title is being held at Simpson on March 7th & 8th the All Star Challenge will give teams a great opportunity to have a run on the track before it, or schedule in the Spud show which is a fortnight after it. “We are currently working on the rest of our calendar for the oncoming season and release these very shortly. We would also like to mention that if anyone would like to advertise with either of these shows please contact me.” Searle tells us...
Thursday April 4, 2019. All Stars Media
The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometer’s All Star Series were pleased to get the opportunity to congratulate their Drivers, Teams and Sponsors at the end of season Presentation Pit Party at Timmis Speedway last Saturday night. A large crowd stayed for the ‘Awards’ ceremony held at the end of the night.
In what has become an All Star tradition the show kicked off with a video presentation highlighting the end of a very successful 12th season. “This is a fantastic way start the formalities and reminds teams of what they have achieved over the past 12 shows; we are not too good at formal so making them laugh before we start I believe is a good thing. The lay back Pit Party has been a favourite for all our teams over the years so that’s why we stuck with it again. ” Searle says.
And the accolades went to:
Outstanding Achievement – Evans Family Racing H’s Star Award – Mark Caruso Best Presented Car & Crew – Michael Tancredi – 2nd year in a row Crew Chief of the Year – Byron Phillips Most Improved – Brendan Guerin - Winning 4 Max Wheels from Max Dumesny Motorsport Mr Consistency Award – James Wren Vortex Altitude Award – Mark Caruso - Winning an Outlaw Top wing from Vortex Racing Products Rob Barker Encouragement Award – BJ Harris. Drivers Driver –Phil Lock – Winning a Velocita Helmet Velocita Lucky Draw – Phil Lock – Winning a Velocita Custom Driving Suit All Star Legend’s – Tony Bartlett
Top 7 in the Championship - 1st SA33 Mark Caruso, 2nd SA96 Brendan Guerin, 3rd V29 Michael Tancredi, 4th V4 Phil Lock, 5th V16 James Wren, 6th Dan Evans, 7th BJ Harris
The Drivers Driver Award was again won by Phil Lock which an amazing achievement winning this award nine times. The respect he has earnt amongst his peers truly shows. Tony Bartlett was inducted into the Hall of Fame with a heartfelt speech by Promoter Mandy Searle. “It was a privilege to present this to TB, when I was compiling information for my speech it reinforced to me how much he has achieved over the years. 3 time series champ with 3 different drivers as a car owner, provided 2 car teams, won the Spud Show 2 times, His passion for us and 360’s is second to none and is another deserving member to the exclusive Legends Hall of Fame.”
Also recognised were all the series loyal sponsors and officials some who have also been with us over the past 12 seasons. Without sponsors and officials like these the Series would not be able to run at the level it currently does.
Thanks everyone for a fantastic night and congratulations to everyone!!
Tuesday April 2, 2019. All Stars Media
On a bitterly cold night last Saturday night at Timmis Speedway Mark Caruso took out his second Series Championship. “What a well-deserved result for Mark & his team, they have been fast and consistent all season, their hard work has finally paid off and now they can claim two series championship’s to their resume.
Mark won his first series back in 2011 and now eight years later has done the same thing; what a true Champion. After the heartbreak they had last season running second after tying with Paul Solomon last year and forcing a tie break countback on A Main winners, they have managed to get it done this season with a 93 point lead. It’s still only a marginal lead but enough.” the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series Promoter Mandy Searle says.
Caruso stood on the podium 5 times during the season but only once as the winner. He won the Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award 5 times claiming the bragging rights to Quick Time for the season. He didn’t have it all easy though destroying his car on RD8 at Heartland Speedway, Moama.
The team took home a pile of bits and worked hard to return the following weekend at Sunline Speedway, Waikerie to have their hard work rewarded with the A Main victory. RD 10’s Spud Show also saw Caruso leading the early laps only to get swamped where Caruso decided wisely to ease up slightly and ensure he secured more points for the Championship. “Mark had all his family there to share his victory which was really nice and he also got to race against his brother Steven which was pretty cool also.” Searle said.
After starting the season off only planning to do a few shows SA96 Brendan Guerin ran second overall. Guerin was another to show speed and consistency throughout all the season and after strong results the first few shows decided to continue. This obviously worked out well for him in the end and he was very pleased with his final position. Brendan, Darryl and their small band of crew members travel out of Broken Hill, NSW every show which is an achievement on its own.
V29 Michael Tancredi placed third overall and was also pleased with his final result. Standing on the podium 4 times was an achievement but a couple of DNF’s hurt his points overall. Guru Crew Chief Tony Bartlett was on the tools for Tancredi and the pair worked well together settling Tancredi’s ‘hammer down’ driving style to make him more consistent.
7 contracted teams locked in the top 7 placings with 1st Mark Caruso -5963, 2nd Brendan Guerin- 5870, 3rd Michael Tancredi- 5763, 4th Phil Lock-5702, 5th James Wren-5652, 6th Dan Evans-5578 and 7th BJ Harris-4795.
After the Top 3 Podium on the night teams stayed for the End of Season Pit Party celebrations where awards and accolades were presented.
Monday April 1, 2019. All Stars Media
Farrer locks in his first while Caruso locks in his second. With a flag to flag victory Brenten Farrer in the V34 Frijtek Maxim picked up his first Series win for the season Saturday night at Timmis Speedway, Mildura and while he may have won the night it was SA33 Mark Caruso who was the victor of the all-important Series Championship and in doing so making him another two time champ.
Both drivers were ecstatic with their results and you could see the relief on Caruso face as he stepped out of his Pro 4 X 4 Cool after scaling. “He only had to start the A and he had won the Series but we hadn’t announced it at that stage. Mark had worked the points out also but his relief was still evident. 12 rounds, thousands of K’s and lots of pressure all finally done.” Searle said.
Farrer and V77 Brayden Parr lined up on the front row for the A with Farrer getting the start and Parr perusing him in second. SA10 Steven Caruso, SA44 Dan Evans, SA33 Mark Caruso and V29 Michael Tancredi were all just there waiting for either to make a mistake. Tancredi washed up high in middle of 3 and 4 and bought on the reds by rolling after tagging the wall. Unfortunately this was the end of the night and season for Tancredi.
The restart allowed Evans to move on Parr and Steven Caruso up into 2nd. Evans and Parr tangled with 2 to go which also ended Parr’s race and forcing a green, white, checker finish to the night. Farrer took this easily with SA10 Steven Caruso home in 2nd, SA33 Mark Caruso 3rd, SA96 Brendan Guerin 4th and SA44 Dan Evans rounding out the top 5.
Young Ben Morris in the SA3 J&J had been running well until his tire blew third race distance and retired to the infield. Another young series up and comer V75 Mitch Smith also had to sit on the infield with mechanical problems. “Both these kids are going to be our next generation and both show talent so it was disappointing for them to finish the night this way.” Searle said.
Mark Caruso looked like he was going to pick up his 6th Oval Express Magazine Quick Time early only to have his brother Steven beat him by .083 of a second. Caruso’s have certainly dominated the Quick Time award for the season.
“So that’s it now, we are done and dusted for the season and what fantastic season it was. Another one creating milestone after milestone. Mark deserved his win this season and after last season’s heartbreak for the entire team it was a great way to finish.” Searle tells us.
Heat wins – Steven Caruso, Brenten Farrer, Brayden Parr, and Ben Morris
A Main results: 1st V34 Brenten Farrer, 2nd SA10 Steven Caruso, 3rd SA33 Mark Caruso, 4th SA96 Brendan Guerin, 5th SA44 Dan Evans, 6th SA37 Tony Moule, 7th V16 James Wren, 8th V4 Phil Lock, 9th SA16 Jack Gartner, 10th SA69 Cody Atkins, 11th V50 Darren Clarke, 12th SA91 Mick Fox, 13th V77 Brayden Parr-DNF, 14th SA3 Ben Morris-DNF, 15th V29 Michael Tancredi-DNF, 16th V75 Mitch Smith.
Contingency Winners IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw – James Wren - $100 cash Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – V4 Phil Lock Central Vic Earthworks Random Draw – Cody Atkins All Star Hot Arse Award – Darren Clarke Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award –Steven Caruso – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine Melbourne Stainless Steel Last man running Award – Mike Fox BK Racing Ti Components 4th Place – V96 Brendan Guerin
Thursday March 28, 2019. All Stars Media
The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series started back in November and teams have travelled across 3 states, clocked up thousands of k’s and will have competed against each other 12 times all to have it come down to the wire this Saturday night at Timmis Speedway, Mildura to decide who will be the 2018-19 Series Champ.
The top 5 in points going into the final round are: 1. SA33 Mark Caruso – 5461 2. SA96 Brendan Guerin – 5378 3. V 29 Michael Tancredi - 5288 4. V 4 Phil Lock - 5238 5. V 16 James Wren - 5175
“It really is out of the top 2 guys but the minors are certainly up for grabs and can change depending on what happens on the night. You only have to drop a heat and placings will shift around. We always seem to have fireworks on our final night and I wouldn’t expect anything else this season. Caruso would love to win his second championship after such a disappointment last season when he actually tied with Paul Solomon and we had to use a countback on A Main wins to decide the winner. He has been fast and consistent all season. Guerin would also love to take out his first Championship; and originally not planning on doing it all at the start of the season to now running 2nd is a tribute to the team. Both drivers have had fantastic seasons but unfortunately only one can win. I am pretty excited about it.” Promoter Searle says.
Michael Tancredi has had an impressive season so far and has been on the podium a few times, he is very capable of getting there again and in doing so improve on his current 3rd place. Finding form again is hard charger Dan Evans. Evans has had a challenging season with strong results at the start of the season only to have engine failure mid- way through. Borrowing & leasing engines to keep him on the road until his was repaired. He is finding form again and wants to finish on a high like he started. Farmer Phil Lock is another that kicked the season off strongly and a podium will finish the season off for him the way he wants. In only his 3rd season in Sprintcars V16 James Wren has already seen heat wins and loves the tight little track at Mildura. Hard charger SA69 Cody Atkins is back as well as young Brayden ‘Hollywood’ Parr. Parr Motorsport’s V77 have done an engine change from 410 to 360 for the weekend. Tony Moule’s returns to Mildura in the SA37 mount. Moule would love to lock in a feature win. Moule’s record for of winning the most A Main’s in the series still stands so adding another one would just strengthen this. With a strong field of All Star hot shots nominated it’s guaranteed to be a night of on track action and fireworks
“We have gone back to our Presentation Pit Party this season instead of the formal function the night after. I listened to what the teams wanted to do this year and decided the Pit Party was the best way to go. Our major sponsors can be there also which was a consideration for me as well. It’s always good fun just not as formal.” Searle says
Timmis Speedway, March 30 with on track action at 5.30pm.
Driving his own SA63 an elated Ryan Jones won his 3rd Ross Wright Memorial at Murray Bridge Speedway Saturday night for RD 11 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series. “Whether its 3 or 20 they are all just as special to me. I put a lot of pressure on myself and we were lucky enough to get away with it. The Wright family have done so much for me over my racing career and I have to win otherwise nothing else suffices. It’s been 2 � years since I ran the 360 and I was a little worried about that but the Bridge is home and it worked out.” Jones told us after the Presentations.
Darryl Wright lent Jones his old steel headed 360 to run the show which still proved strong. SA33 Mark Caruso led the early laps of the race before Jones slid him in Turn 3 and 4 but with a couple of yellows thrown in Jones had to work to keep the lead. SA44 Dan Evans, V34 Brenten Farrer and V29 Michael Tancredi were all on the heels of the leaders and fighting for the minors with Evans finally coming home in third, Tancredi 4th and Farrer in 5th.
The night started off well for the Caruso Family with Mark picking up a hat trick with the Oval Express Magazine’s Quick Time Award and making this his 5th for the season. Steven managed to get 2nd quick obviously feeling very comfortable with the 360 in place of his regular 410 engine. SA10 Steven Caruso locked himself into the Pole Shoot Out and started 6 in the A. Moving quickly up into P3 his night was ended when he got tangled up in a yellow and left him on the infield.
Farmer Phil Lock tangled with the concrete fence in Turn 4 and the fence won leaving Locky sitting on the infield without a front end. Young rookie Ben Morris whom has been running both 360 and 410s all season was another to pull infield with an ill handling car. Another Rookie to the Series James Aranyosi washed up to high in T1 mid race and collected the wall and was another to sit out the race on the infield.
“With the threat of rain all around us we got pretty nervous as it was spitting when we rolled out for the A but fortunately nothing eventuated and the light drizzle cleared and we managed to get it in. Unfortunately we had to drop our 4 wide salute to the Wright family but I am sure they would understand. With the SA Wingless Title on also both of us managed to get it done and still be finished before 10 for another fantastic night of racing. ” Searle tells us.
Heat wins – James Aranyosi, Ben Morris, Mark Caruso and Ryan Jones
A Main results: 1st SA63 Ryan Jones, 2nd SA33 Mark Caruso, 3rd SA44 Dan Evans, 4th V29 Michael Tancredi, 5th V34 Brenten Farrer, 6th SA8 Terry Pitt, 7th SA96 Brendan Guerin, 8th SA69 Cody Atkins, 9th V16 James Wren, 10th SA90 Michael Lovegrove, 11th V50 Darren Clarke, 12th VA2 Boyd Harris, 13th SA91 Mike Fox, 14th V56 James Aranyosi-DNF, 15th V4 Phil Lock-DNF, 16th SA95 Jarman Dalitz-DNF, 17th SA10 Steven Caruso-DNF, 18th VA91 Dan Scott, 19th SA98 Cheian Perrett, 20th SA3 Ben Morris-DNF
IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw –Ben Morris- $100 cash
Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – SA69 Cody Atkins
Central Vic Earthworks Random Draw – James Wren
All Star Hot Arse Award –Dan Scott - Fire Extinguisher
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award –Mark Caruso – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine
Melbourne Stainless Steel Last man running Award – Mike Fox
BK Racing Ti Components 4th Place – Michael Tancredi
Wednesday March 20, 2019. All Stars Media
This Saturday night at Murray Bridge Speedway the All Stars are set to honour the late Ross Wright by running the annual Ross Wright Memorial.
“Ross is a legend of South Aussie Speedway having raced for almost 50 years in different classes before he passed away with pancreatic cancer. He raced Stock Rods, Super Sedans, Sprintcars and he drove the Jimmy Sills car owned by Kevin Fisher as Bill Wigzells team mate back in the day. He was also a founding member of the Murray Bridge Speedway.” Searle tells us as she makes final preparation for the show.
“It is a privilege for us to run this prestigious event and pay tribute to such honoured man. I know his son Darryl, we go back a long time to when he raced with World Series Sprintcars and then in the early years of the All Stars he was one of our competitors. They are a lovely family and true supporters of our sport”
With a strong field of cars entered for RD 11 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series results for the night are also important towards the End of Season Championship which comes to a conclusion Saturday week on March 30th.
Currently sitting 1st is SA 33 Mark Caruso – 4950, 2nd SA96 Brendan Guerin – 4894, 3rd V29 Michael Tancredi – 4805, 4th V4 Phil Lock – 47775 and 5th V16 James Wren - 4698. At this point it really is anyone’s series to win and all the top 5 will want to secure valuable points as well as win the memorial event.
SA63 Ryan Jones is returning to his roots running a 360 power plant. Jones is a 4 time Australian National 360 Champ and a past winner of the Ross Wright Memorial. He has a special friendship with the Wright Family and for him to take out the event again would be very special to him. SA44 Dan Evans is on his way home from the Australian Title last weekend in Kalgoorlie where he ran 4th in the championship.
Evans is finding form again after multiple engine issues early in the season and with a strong result last weekend will be one to watch. 410 regular SA10 Steven Caruso will be having his first run with a 360. Caruso has had strong results all season and will probably want to drive by his brother Mark. “It’s cool for us to have the brothers running together but we just hope Leo & Mary can cope with it.” Searle says.
With extra cash on the line for the winner as well as the honour of going down in history as the winner of the 2019 Ross Wright Memorial racing is guaranteed to be hard and fast. Come and be part of the action this Saturday night March 23rd, Murray Bridge Speedway. SA
Monday March 4, 2019. All Stars Media
Every year spectators are treated to an action packed main event and this year’s RD10 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series was no different with SA81 Luke Dillon finally taking the checkers for the win. Caruso & Dillon lined up on the front row of the 31 lap tribute race with Caruso getting the start.
Ely moved quickly up into second with Dillon, Keller & Quinn hot on his tail. Caruso was looking fast and lead the early stages but after a few more laps Dillon was into second just waiting and when lap traffic came into play he swooped Caruso to first place. The race was hard and fast between the top 5, Dillon, Caruso, Ely, Keller, Quinn with Tancredi, Evans & Guerin adding pressure to the pack. Running flag to flag but just as the top 3 were taking the checkered flag Ely went hard into the wall at turn 4.
The top 6 – 7 cars put on a brilliant racing changing positions regularly in the fight to win Spuds night. After all the action SA14 Brendan Quinn took out second, SA44 Dan Evans was in third, Brad Keller driving the Gartner Family Racing SA16 fourth and SA33 Mark Caruso rounding out the top 5. Emotion flowed onto the Dias for presentations and the traditional “Spuds Podium P… Up Champagne” as the top 3 took a shower in the bubbly.
“This was one of the best races we have seen this season a spectator told me at the end of the night and we would have to agree with them. What a race it was, I would have just loved to be sitting on the hill watching it” Promoter Searle said.
The heat was oppressive early in the day with temperatures in the low 40s with hot winds but a cool change arrived around time trial time making conditions easier to race under. Credit must be given to the hard working Mount Gambier Committee & track crew on providing a fantastic race track with all the elements they had working against them on the day and on the build-up week with temperatures unusually high.
“It was an awesome night and we are really pleased to announce that the 10th Annual Tyson Perez Memorial has been locked in at Mount Gambier for March 21st 2020, this will be the 8th time the race has been held at the Mount making it truly the home of the Spud Show.” Searle said.
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award taken out by Mark Caruso with a 11.307
Heat wins – Mark Caruso, Luke Dillon, Mitch Smith and Scott Enderl A Main results: 1st SA81 Luke Dillon, 2nd SA14 Brendan Quinn, 3rd SA44 Dan Evans, 4th SA16 Brad Keller, 5th SA33 Mark Caruso, 6th V29 Michael Tancredi, 7th SA96 Brendan Guerin 8th V16 James Wren, 9th SA32 Ben Gartner 10th SA22 Chad Ely, 11th SA11 Scott Enderl, 12th V6 Eddie Lumbar, 13th V4 Phil Lock, 14th V65 Kane Newcombe, 15th V75 Mitch Smith, 16th V50 Darren Clarke, 17th VA2 Boyd Harris, 18th SA91 Mike Fox -DNF
Contingency Winners IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw –Mitch Smith- $100 cash Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – James Wren Central Vic Earthworks Random Draw – not won B&B Retaining Walls Best Presented Car – Brendan Guerin B&B Retaining Walls 10th place – Chad Ely All Star Hot Arse Award –Mitch Smith - Fire Extinguisher Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award –Mark Caruso – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine Melbourne Stainless Steel Last man running Award – Boyd Harris BK Racing Ti Components 4th Place – Brad Keller
Thursday February 28, 2019. All Stars Media
With the 9th annual Spud Show scheduled this Saturday March 2nd at Borderline Speedway, Mt Gambier and with the names rolling in the talk is now about who will add their name to the prestigious list of winners. Travis Rilat has won the show more than anyone picking up 3 wins; Matt Egel has won twice, Daniel Pestka, Chris Solomon and Mother Nature all having one win each.
Chad Ely would be honoured to win his mates show, as would Tim Van Ginnekin. Spud was close friends to both Ely & TVG and as they have both shown in the past with their tribute cars how much this friendship meant to them. It would be an emotional result for either of them to win. This is Ely’s SA22 third & TVG’s V44 second run with the All Stars for season.
SA33 Mark Caruso is currently leading the Championship and finished 2nd last year to Pestka. Caruso took out the RD 9 win at Sunline Speedway has always wanted to win Spuds night, will this be his night? SA96 Brendan Guerin sits in 2nd place and with the consistency and speed he has shown all season will be looking for his first A Main win for the season.
V29 Michael Tancredi’s association with Tony Bartlett also makes this night special for them. Bartlett was very close to Spud and from his younger years took him on the road racing. Bartlett has also won the show as a car owner with Matt Egel in his car in the past. Tancredi has been on the podium several times this season and will want another win and in doing so making it TB’s third Spud victory.
Evans, Lock, Wren, Harris and all the All Stars get to mix it up with the SA locals Dillon, Keller & Quinn who have slotted in 360’s especially for the night.
“We have to thank GT Bobcat and Central Vic Earthworks involvement with the show. As we have said before GT Bobcat has been a long-time supporter of the show but it’s the first time Central Vic Earthworks have been involved with it. With the extra money paid out we need help to fund this show and without these guys we couldn’t do that. Paying $3000 for the win, $400 to start and total purse of $12K the money is pretty good for competitors.” Promoter Searle tells us.
Come and join in the celebration on this historic and emotional night that pays tribute to Tyson (Spud) Perez who passed away to young. “And most importantly after all the serious stuff is over at the end of the night we will have a BBQ, a drink and a laugh just as Spud used to do .” says Searle. March 2nd Borderline Speedway Mt Gambier. SA
Wednesday February 20, 2019. All Stars Media
With the 9th annual Spud Show scheduled for March 2nd at Borderline Speedway, Mt Gambier we are very pleased to announce a new sponsor for the event and welcomes back a long-time supporter. GT Bobcat and Central Vic Earthworks have taken up naming rights for the show. Paying $3000 for the win and total purse of $12K this show is a must attend for 360 teams.
“Long time sponsor GT Bobcat has supported this show for many years now and we couldn’t be happier to have them back again this year. GT & Tracy Douglass have been with us since we moved the Spud show to the Mount and again we cannot thank them enough for the support. Central Vic Earthworks have also come on board this year to help us fund the event. This is the first season they have been involved as a series sponsor and we hope it will be a long term relationship.” Promoter Searle tells us. Nominations are open so get them in ASAP to [email protected]
Be part of this historic and emotional night that pays tribute to Tyson (Spud) Perez who passed away to young.
Monday February 18, 2019. All Stars Media
What a difference a week can make; this time last weekend Mark Caruso’s SA33 Cool car looked very sad and sore after a very heavy impact into the wall at Heartland Raceway. The team made the 9 hour trip back home with a destroyed race car in the back of the transporter planning how much work they would need to complete for the next round the following weekend.
All their work paid off and Caruso took out RD 9 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series. Leading it from start to finish Mark was elated when he crossed over the scales to officially claim the victory. A usually quiet Caruso climbed on top of the car and fist pumped the air. “I can’t ask for better, the night was awesome. It couldn’t have worked out better after last weekend’s disappointment. We got a breather with the yellows coming out with 9 laps to go and I thought I should be able to bring this home. I am normally not very good here but tonight it’s brilliant. It’s awesome just awesome” Caruso said at the post race interview.
Following home in second was Michael Tancredi’s V29 with SA81 Luke Dillon hot on his tail. After the restart Dillon was working on his move to pass Tancredi but the opportunity didn’t come and had to be content with3rd place. SA96 Brendan Guerin, SA5 Trigga Gates, SA95 Jarman Dalitz were also fighting for positions with Dalitz coming home in 4th place and Guerin rounding out the top 5. SA5 Gates had a good return to the Series after running selected 410 shows and with the car looking fast took out a heat win and 6th place.
Another bonus for him as he also managed to collect the Central Vic Earthworks $200 Lucky draw at the end of the night. Mid pack were SA98 Jones, SA90 Lovegrove, SA44 Evans, and SA42 Hendry also waiting for opportunities that did not arise.
“We had a small but quality field and with no reds at all thru the night we were pleased with the night especially after last weekend’s car damage at Heartland. With very hot temperature through the day the track crew had their work cut out for them and we have to thank them for their efforts.” Promoter Searle said.
Heat wins – Mark Caruso, Trigga Gates, Jamie Hendry and Michael Lovegrove.
A Main results: 1st SA33 Mark Caruso, 2nd V29 Michael Tancredi, 3rd SA81 Luke Dillon, 4th SA95 Jarman Dalitz, 5th SA96 Brendan Guerin, 6th SA5 Trigga Gates, 7th SSA90 Michael Lovegrove, 8thSA98 Ryan Jones, 9th SA44 Dan Evans, 10th SA69 Cody Atkins, 11th V16 James Wren, 12th Jack Gartner, 13th V4 Phil Lock, 14th SA42 Jamie Hendry, 15th VA2 Boyd Harris, 16th SA91 Mike Fox.
Contingency Winners IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw –Mike Fox - $100 cash Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – Ryan Jones Central Vic Earthworks Random Draw – All Star Hot Arse Award –Michael Tancredi - Fire Extinguisher Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award –Mark Caruso – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine Melbourne Stainless Steel Last man running Award – Mike Fox BK Racing Ti Components 4th Place – Jarman Dalitz
Thursday February 14, 2019. All Stars Media
For the third weekend in a row and the third state in a row Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series teams are heading off to Sunline Speedway, Waikerie, S.A. this Saturday night. This will be Round 9 of the 12 round series. “After 100th anniversary celebrations over the past two weekends this weekend should be a bit less pressure, but having said that points for the End of Season Championship will really start to get serious so maybe not.” Searle tells us.
Currently SA33 Mark Caruso is leading the Championship but after a shocker last weekend at Moama that destroyed his car the team have had to rebuild and recoup. SA96 Brendan Guerin sits in second and is closing on Caruso with only 18 points the difference.
V4 Phil Lock is running third with only 78 points the difference between him and Caruso. V29 Michael Tancredi is 4th and V16 James Wren rounds out the top 5. Wren was also involved with Caruso last weekend and has had to burn the midnight oil all week to prepare for this weekend. Current SA 360 State Title holder Dan Evans won at Sunline back in December and is always a hard charger and will want to do well at his home track.
Making a return to the series is SA95 Jarman Dalitz, SA69 Cody Atkins and SA5 Trigga Gates. All three have been All Star regulars in the past and are looking forward to running with the regulars again. 410 competitor SA81 Luke Dillon has secured a 360 Maxwell lease engine for the night. SA90 Michael Lovegrove, SA42 Jamie Hendry, S16 Jack Gartner, and VA2 BJ Harris also add to the show.
On track action from 5.30. Sunline Speedway, cnr Sturt Hwy & Ziegler Rd. Waikerie.
Young Brayden Parr again showed talent beyond his years by picking up the A Main win of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series at Heartland Raceway. Parr started out of 5 and on a rubber down track worked his way through an action packed field to take the lead on Lap 19.
V7 Paul Solomon led for first few laps before being passed by SA44 Dan Evans. About third race distance the reds were bought on by SA33 Mark Caruso, V16 James Wren and V92 Matt Reed, with Caruso heavily impacting the catch fence in Turn 3.
An open red was called while track fence repairs were carried out and this gave teams time to access their tyre situation early on in the race. Caruso and Wren both incurred major damage which ended their nights. Reed managed to repair his car and restart the event working his way up to 9th with an ill handling car.
At the restart Evans was soon to be passed by Solomon again while Parr was sitting in third waiting for the right opportunity to strike. When he made his move SA96 Brendan Guerin and V65 Kane Newcombe also made moves into 2nd and 3rd. Solomon had to be content with 4th while his younger brother Chris passed Evans for 5th in the last couple of laps. SA32 Ben Gartner had a solid run for 7th with VA91 Dan Scott, V92 Matt Reed and v50 Darren Clarke rounding out the top 10.
V33 Micka Holt went for a wild ride in Heat 1 which took the front off his car. Rookie to the series Dillon Ghent in the Bruce Stephens Racing V91 became tangled in the incident and as a result his night was ended also. Both drivers required further medical checks and fortunately both were cleared and released from hospital shortly after.
The night was kicked off with an emotional start with a fitting tribute to Phil Lock who was celebrating his 100th series round. Lock’s V4 carried the Australian flag during the national anthem and slowly circulated with the All Star Pace car beside him while all the 22 teams lined the front straight to applaud his efforts. “It was a site that gave you goose bumps and certainly an honour to be a part of.” Promoter Searle said. “We tried to make a fuss for Locky as this achievement is certainly one to be recognised. I think it worked and at the end of the night we had all the extended crew/family get up on the stage for a photo shoot.”
Heat wins – Dan Evans, Matt Reed, Eddie Lumbar and Kane Newcombe
A Main results: 1st V77 Brayden Parr, 2nd SA96 Brendan Guerin, 3rd V65 Kane Newcombe, 4th V7 Paul Solomon, 5th V83 Chris Solomon, 6th SA44 Dan Evans, 7th SA32 Ben Gartner, 8th VA91 Dan Scott, 9th V92 Matt Reed, 10th V50 Darren Clarke, 12th V29 Michael Tancredi, 13th V6 Eddie Lumbar, 14th VA2 Boyd Harris, 15th SA98 Cheian Perrett, 16th V78 Chris Campbell, 17th V75 Mitch Smith, 18th SA16 Jack Gartner-DNF, 19th SA33 Mark Caruso-DNF, 20th V16 James Wren-DNF
IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw – Dan Evans - $100 cash
Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – Dan Scott
Central Vic Earthworks Random Draw – Paul Solomon
All Star Hot Arse Award –James Wren - Fire Extinguisher
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award –Paul Solomon – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine
Melbourne Stainless Steel Last man running Award – Mitch Smith
Friday February 8, 2019. All Stars Media
After the celebrations of turning 100 last weekend it is now Phil Locks turn to celebrate 100. The Series stalwart has only missed one round since the series commenced back in 2007-08 and as he rolls into Heartland Raceway for RD8 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series this Saturday he clocks up his 100th show. “What an incredible effort this is. His loyalty, passion and dedication to the All Stars is amazing and we cannot thank him enough for his support over the years. He was the first member of our Hall of Fame “Legends” Award back in 2011/12 and he has won the Drivers Driver Award 8 out of the 10 times it has been given. Our drivers have actually renamed the award and affectionately call it the “Locky” Award. Phil has been supported over all these years by the same crew members and these guys must also be thanked for not only their hard work with Phil but also their loyalty to us also.” Promoter Searle says.
Matthew Reed is returning to try and double up his victory in his V92 Maxim. Reed has 2 series wins so far this season so No.3 would be a bonus. V29 Michael Tancredi showed speed last weekend and wants to repeat his RD2 victory. SA44 Dan Evans has secured a Maxwell lease engine for the night and will be one to watch. Current Series Champ Paul Solomon & Chris Solomon are both making a return this Saturday. Throw in SA33 Mark Caruso, SA96 Brendan Guerin, V77 Brayden Parr, V78 Chris Campbell all wanting to take out first place. With a strong field nominated teams will be looking for consistency to lock in points for the Championship
Driver giveaways and autograph sessions and with cooler weather forecast at Moama it should make for perfect racing conditions. Come and be part of the All Star action and help to celebrate Lockys 100th show.
Heartland Raceway, Moama where the actions starts at 6.00pm.
Monday February 4, 2019. All Stars Media
After a thrilling finish Mathew Reed, Michael Tancredi and Jordyn Charge got to stand victorious on the Podium to celebrate the 100th Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series round. Tancredi and Charge swapping for 2nd and 3rd with Tancredi pipping him at the line by .011 of a second.
Battling the heat, track preparations and finally the lights going out teams got to line up for the A much later than preferred but the wait was well worth it. ‘Mr Speed’ Matthew Reed and Brendan Guerin lined up on the front row with young charger Jordyn Charge and Mark Caruso behind them. Just as the race was about to get under way V7 Paul Solomon retired with a flat front tyre. Guerin got the lead at the start and looked strong but spun after half race distance in Turn 4 bringing on the yellows forcing him to try again from the rear. With Reed in the lead Lock had moved up into second and had Mark Caruso fighting him for the position. Tancredi & Charge were working their way from 4 and 5th and with lap traffic coming into play managed to move up into 2nd and 3rd. Reed was being challenged by Tancredi & Charge in the dying stages of the race but laps ran out and Reed took out the win and his name will now go down in the history books as the winner of the 100th Series round. The night was officially opened with the National Anthem and flag bearers Paul Solomon, Brad Foster, Phil Lock & Matt Reed all carrying Aussie flags as a tribute to them all of whom competed with the series in its first season. What a race; what a night; it had it all - a nail biting Main, drama, emotion and then a party at the end to celebrate. “I am so proud of everyone and have to thank them all for being a part of our special night. The drivers, the mums and dads and families, the crews, the sponsors, my team, the track officials and everyone that was there to share our night making it extra special for us. It’s all of them that make us the All Star Family that we are.” Mandy Searle told us at the end of the night.
Heat wins – Jordyn Charge, Michael Tancredi, Darren Clarke, and Dan Evans
A Main results: 1st V92 Matt Reed, 2nd V29 Michael Tancredi, 3rd V60 Jordyn Charge, 4th V4 Phil Lock, 5th S44 Dan Evans, 6th V34 Brenten Farrer, 7th S33 Mark Caruso, 8th SA96 Brendan Guerin, 9th VA2 Boyd Harris, 10th V11 Brad Foster, 11th V50 Darren Clarke, 12th Ben Gartner, 13th V16 James Wren, 14th SA91 Mike Fox, 15th SA98 Cheian Perret, 16th V33 Michael Holt-DNF 17th V7VA91 Dan Scott, 18th V75 Mitch Smith, 19th SA11 Scott Enderl, 20th V78 Chris Campbell, V7 Paul Solomon-DNS
Contingency Winners IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw – Darren Clarke - $100 cash Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – Brendan Guerin Central Vic Earthworks Random Draw – Jackpot to $400 next round All Star Hot Arse Award – Brayden Parr- Fire Extinguisher Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award –Mark Caruso – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine Melbourne Stainless Steel Last man running Award – Cheian Perrett BK Racing Ti Components 4th Place – Phil Lock
Thursday January 31, 2019. All Stars Media
At Blue Ribbon Raceway, Horsham a milestone event will take place this Saturday with the running of the Series 100th round.
“Who would have ever thought all those year ago on February 9th 2008 at Bacchus Marsh Speedway we would get to celebrate 100 rounds. We had 18 cars at our first ever show which a great effort back was then as 360s weren’t very popular. We held our first drivers meeting and amongst those drivers were Phil Lock, Brad Foster, Paul Solomon, Chris Solomon & Tony Moule. These guys are still standing strong at our Drivers meetings today and giving a bit of cheek as our series elders. Then there are the Father’s & Sons back then we had Mark Charge, Darryl Guerin, Karl Ender & Chris Evans and we now have their sons competing with us – Jordyn Charge, Brendan Guerin, Scott Enderl and Dan Evans.
This is very cool. It is because of guys like these and all the others that we have continued to succeed over the years. What an achievement it is for us. I could not be prouder.” Mandy Searle tells us.
With a strong field of 26 cars coming to celebrate the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series RD 7 the action will be guaranteed.
After a gut wrenching finish at Simpson for Dan Evans SA44 Maxim with engine failure in Heat 1 and his second motor for the season Evans has managed to secure a lease engine to enable him to continue. Evans was leading the series going into the show at Simpson but slipped back to 6th by the end of the night. SA33 Mark Caruso, V29 Michael Tancredi , SA96 Brendan Guerin, V4 Phil Lock and V16 James Wren will all be looking to lock in strong results to enable them to increase their run for the End of Season Championship.
Current Series Champ Paul Solomon is also returning for the night in the V7 as well as past champ Brenten Farrer in the V34 is also retuning. Both showed strong results at the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic 2 weeks ago. In the mix we can’t forget the young hard chargers – V77 Brayden Parr, V60 Jordyn Charge & V75 Mitch Smith who are all capable of taking the major points and the money. Reed, Campbell, Holt and many more will all help make the night a thriller.
Racing starts at 6.00pm Blue Ribbon Raceway, 1650 Blue Ribbon Rd, Kalkee. Horsham.
Thursday January 24, 2019. All Stars Media
With a milestone event coming up nominations are now open for the 100th Series Round. This is being held at Blue Ribbon Raceway, Horsham on February 2nd.
“After a very successful Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Challenge held a couple of weeks ago our teams have either had a couple of weekends off or bolted in 410ci engines, but now we are set to get back to business with racing 3 weekends in a row.
Any 360 competitor interested in competing is welcome and we would love to have you celebrate 100 shows with us” Mandy Searle says.
Nomination Forms are available for the www.sprintcarallstars.com.au and can be emailed to [email protected] or faxed to 03 9338 7476